This diploma is for graduates in any subject who would like to acquire a strong understanding of philosophy.

Bristol ranks as one of the top ten philosophy departments in the UK in the Philosophical Gourmet Report and QS University Rankings. Our staff have diverse research interests and expertise across a wide range of philosophical areas (see our research pages).

The PG Diploma in Philosophy aims to develop your interest in and knowledge and understanding of central areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, and other areas of value theory. You will acquire a critical awareness and sophisticated understanding of the central philosophical issues in these fields and a sophisticated ability to critically evaluate and assess those positions. You will also study more specialised topics via optional units.

You will join our flourishing research culture and be encouraged to get involved in the regular research seminars, workshops and reading groups on a wide range of philosophical issues. There is also a weekly postgraduate seminar offering a supportive environment.

Conversion to an MA within the period of registration for the diploma can be considered if you consistently achieve high marks in the programme.

Programme structure

The programme consists of six taught units, three mandatory and three optional.

The Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar unit equips students with analytical tools and argumentative strategies essential for graduate level study and research in philosophy. Skills learnt in this unit are transferable into a vocational context and as such are highly valued by employers.

The two further core units, Epistemology and Metaphysics and Value Theory develop your broad knowledge and understanding of some key central issues in philosophy.

The remainder of the taught element of your programme is made up of three optional units.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in any subject. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level C.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£10,080 per year
UK: part-time (two years)
£5,040 per year
Overseas: full-time
£20,160 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Funding for 2023/24

Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

Students who have completed the PG Diploma in Philosophy have gone on to careers as counsellors, journalists and teachers of philosophy; or have gone on to graduate study.